Max Holloway has given his thoughts on his UFC 236 showdown against Dustin Poirier and where it leaves him with the 155lbs title-picture.
Not that he seems to think that it puts him within touching distance of the champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov, but if the Hawaiian were to leave his own division behind him, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to imagine him being just a fight or two shy of a shot at the strap.
Speaking in a recent interview with MMAJunkie, Holloway expressed little in the way of regret about taking his chances at 155lbs – despite the commonly held opinion that he lacked the power on the night to truly cause the same problems that defined his style at 145lbs.
“Birds fly, fishes swim, I fight. It ain’t nothing. You send me a contract with Daniel Cormier’s name on top tomorrow, you know I’m signing it. ‘DC’ I love you, my man, but I’m a fighter. It is what it is. This is a bump in the road and I can’t wait to get back. ’55 is still there. ’55 there’s a lot of challenges.
“When I lost to Dustin the first time at ’45, the ladder was so long to the belt. But the ’55 ladder, it’s right there. I’m in the mix. If I go up there I feel I’ll be right in the mix with all the top contenders. No disrespect to them, but I think it’s a fun weight class to be. We’ll see what happens.”
On the subject of the fight itself, Holloway admitted that Poirier was the better man on the night and congratulated him on being the more game of the two when the time came to throw down.
“Nothing really surprised me. I knew Dustin was game and he was going to show up to the fight and he did. He did that day.
“He got the nod and that’s what it is. I ain’t mad. I ain’t mad at him. I ain’t mad at nobody. If I wanted to win the fight I should’ve finished.
“I couldn’t find myself and fair play to him. He went out there and did his thing and he got the W.”
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena
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